finally getting over an illness, i must gain back my weight.

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Created December 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

im not going to go over it in detail, but i have been severely ill for the past 2 years, i have lost over 60+ pounds, and while i dont look frail, i definetly look too skinny.

i want to remain primal/paleo, but must gain weight, what would be the best foods to incorporate into my meal plan.

i was thinking white rice and or lentils. yes or no?

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on December 27, 2012
at 07:23 PM

I don't like when people try to intentionally gain/lose weight unless they are severely under/over weight. If you eat a good high-quality paleo-inspired diet that gives you the energy to match your lifestyle then your body will find the right weight. I'd give the same answer to a person trying to lose weight too. I'm against trying to hack the diet to adjust your weight (again unless you're off the scales either way), just find a sustainable diet that works for you and your body will know what to do on its own.



on December 27, 2012
at 08:48 PM

you'll gain weight just from eating this diet. if your body wasn't absorbing the nutrients before because of your illness, it will now since you are well. i've been flaring for a few years too and have lost about 45 lbs total. it's definitely difficult to gain back when you're still sick, but if you're well, you don't have to do a half-assed paleo with rice and beans. you can do it right just following the typical paleo guidelines. a lot of autoimmune conditions can be helped if you followed the AI protocol. not sure what condition you have though.


on December 27, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Depending on the cause of your illness, I would be careful about the white potatoes, rice, or lentils. A lot of people with autoimmune issues react to those foods. I also recently went through an extended illness (autoimmune) and I had lost a lot of weight. I focused on adding quality fats and eating enough overall quality calories through nutrient-rich foods. The weight is slowing coming back.



on December 27, 2012
at 08:10 PM

I agree with mikeD. Severely ill for 2+ years plus loosing 60 lbs... You do not need a get rich quick scheme (or rather get heavy quick?).

What you need is to get back onto the right track, find an approach to eating and exercise and life that is sustainable and healthy. And then stick to it. You cannot regain 2 years of illness in a month of eating. Eat healthy, eat to your body's energy levels -- and once you learn how to meet your energy level, then if you want to gain weight add a little more like an extra potato for dinner or a couple of bananas.



on December 27, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Well, I've experienced a lot with different methods of gaining weight and in my view, eating starchy carbs is probably one of the best ways (this is to say that glucose is probably superior to sucrose and fructose). One con of eating starchy carbs though is that starches can be even worse for your teeth than simple sugars at promoting acidic plaque producing bacteria in your mouth over a period of time. Therefore if one is going to work on gaining weight by introducing starches (white rice, lentils) then I suggest they do so along with with either cheese or a calcium rich fish (sardines pop to mind) in addition to the starches. This is a good article about that.

Next up, I recommend WHITE POTATOES (and other tubers) over WHITE rice and over lentils and wheat (grains, legumes, grass-seeds) for weight gain. White potatoes along with other tubers are very high in magnesium and potassium among other minerals/vitamins/nutrients. I think it would be folly to choose white rice over white potatoes and here is the nutrition data for the two items (rice and potatoes). I strongly urge you to peel the potatoes to get rid of the glycoalkaloids in the skin that can worsen gut permeability.

Because of all the potassium and magnesium in potatoes, I suggest you salt your potatoes and eat them with cheese for reasons mentioned above. This should give you a very nice balance of magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium that will serve your body well. Much better than eating practically nutritionally void grains like white rice. Although I'd still probably recommend white rice over brown rice.

Good luck gaining weight and post any questions/comments you have on this below. I'll be happy to answer them.

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